Speaker calls for security collaboration between Ghana and Mexico

By Christopher Arko 

Accra, Aug. 23, GNA – The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has called for
the deepening of cooperation between Ghana and Mexico in the area of security.

According to
him, Ghana has a lot to learn from Mexico in terms of security because of that
country’s capacity to tackle drug cartels and other heinous crimes.

Prof Oquaye
made the observation when Mr Julian Ventura, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of
Mexico, paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Parliament House.

The Deputy
Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister is on a two-day official visit to Ghana to
cement the existing relation between the two nations.

Prof Oquaye
also stated that Ghana had learnt a great deal from Mexico in the area of
agriculture to enhance food security in the country.

He said the
tourism sector is another area where Ghana can acquire the expertise from
Mexico to enhance the country’s tourism drive.

He called for
the establishment of an exchanged programme between the Ghanaian Parliament and
their Mexican counterpart to enable MPs from both sides learn about each
other’s legislature as well as increase the number of female MPs in parliament.

Mr Julian
Ventura in his remark commended Speaker Prof Mike Oquaye for attending the
swearing-in of the current President of Mexico, Mr Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

He said the
Speaker Oquaye has been very supportive of the effort both governments have
been making to increase cooperation on the various aspects of the relationship.

He said the
Mexican government has a programme with the Minister of Food and Agriculture to
ensure food security and nutrition in the country. 

Mr Ventura also
announced that Mexico was exploring opportunities in the automotive industry in
Ghana, since that country was a top auto-hub in the world in terms
manufacturing and exports.

He said the
delegation also met Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice Chancellor of the
University of Ghana (UG) about their growing academic exchange programmes,
where they signed agreement between UG and four top Mexican universities for
scholarships, specialized engineering area, teacher exchange programmes and
languages among others.

He stated that
Ghana’s hosting of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area
and Mexico being a global champion of 50 Free Trade Areas opens up new avenues
for collaboration and to increase Mexico’s investment footprints on the African

Mr Richard
Quarshigah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta in his, stressed the need for
the two parliaments to learn from each other to deepen their democracies as
well as strengthen their bi-lateral relations.

He said Ghana
can also learn a lot from Mexico in terms of gender activism with the intention
to increase the number of female MPs in the legislature.